A soccer player in South Africa caused a stir when he threw his jersey into a hostile crowd, then stalked back to the locker room.
Thamsanqa Gabuza, who plays for the Orlando Pirates in Johannesburg, was upset the team’s fans were taunting him after he had several miscues.
Gabuza went to the sideliens, stripped off his shirt, threw it in the crowd, called for a substitute and went down the tunnel just 35 minutes into the first half.
Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic tried to stop his player from heading into the tunnel and was seen screaming at him and trying to get back onto the field. Gabuza’s teammates also tried to stop him from going into the tunnel, but he pushed past them.
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Gabuza then fueled his strange first-half exit by coming back to the dugout in the second half limping with ice around his leg. The referee came over and gave him two yellow cards — one for taking his jersey off and one for leaving the game without permission.
He was sent back to the locker room, where he had the help of a team official.
Sredojevic said he had never seen anything like this during his time as a coach, but did call for fans to be more supportive.
”In 25 years of coaching I have never seen (this),” Sredojevic said, via LimSportsZone. ”But a bit more patience, a bit more support to the team would be very much welcome.”
The Pirates ended up defeating the Black Leopards, 2-1.